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Michael Lynch

Senior Associate

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch is a Senior Associate in the IERP Group of Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office and is registered as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi with the Tokyo Bar Association. Michael has a broad range of transaction experience, specifically in the energy and infrastructure sectors, but also in general corporate mergers and acquisitions and is also regularly involved in the provision of day to day corporate law advice. Michael is currently on secondment at JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation and has previously been seconded to Sumitomo Corporation. He has extensive experience of drafting, negotiating and advising on the key transactional agreements required for the development of major renewable and conventional power and natural resources projects. He has also advised on mergers and acquisitions and joint venture arrangements in the conventional power, oil and gas, renewables, metals, media, real estate and IT sectors. His transaction experience has encompassed various jurisdictions across South East Asia and Europe, as well as South Africa, Ghana, and the US. 

Representative Experience

Advised BTMU on certain post-merger integration issues following its acquisition of a majority stake in Krungsri Bank, Thailand.

Advised NTT Communications on its acquisition of majority stake in E-Shelter, Germany’s top data-centre operator.

Advised Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition of a minority share in the offshore windfarms Belwind and Northwind and on its development of the Nobelwind project in Belgium.

Advised Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition of a substantial stake in the Malaysian aluminium smelter company Press Metal Berhad.

Advised Sumitomo Corporation on its participation in the development of a 100MW onshore wind farm in South Africa under a Renewable Energy IPP program

Advised Sumitomo Corporation on its participation in the development of a 340MW CCGT power project at Kpone, Ghana, the first IPP project in Ghana.

Advised Tokyo Electric Power Company on the merger of its overseas power project investments with those of Chubu Electric Power Company and into the joint venture entity JERA Co., Inc.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., London School of Economics
  • B.C.L., University College Cork

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Japan - Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)

Court admissions

  • High Court of England and Wales

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